Every year on the occasion of Hungary’s March 15th national holiday, several historic Budapest sites welcome the public to honor the Magyars’ 1848 Revolution against the oppressive Austrian Empire with programs including political speeches, military processions, and free activities citywide, with some events happening at the same locations where the insurgency occurred. From the National Museum to the Parliament to the Buda Castle, major Budapest landmarks welcome crowds with spectacular performances and stimulating displays to pay tribute to the honorable struggle that began on this day.
Beginning at 9am, Hungarian military officers fill Budapest’s Kossuth Square to raise the Hungarian national flag amid rhythmic drumbeats in front of the Parliament House, followed by a festive procession led by Magyar hussars that marches towards the Hungarian National Museum. Everyone is free to join the streaming parade that winds along
Alkotmány Street, Bajcsy-Zsilinkszky Road, Károly Boulevard, Astoria, and Múzeum Boulevard, before reaching the museum.
From 10am through 6pm, a collection of family-friendly programs animates Buda’s Castle District
at multiple locations, including solemn live music shows on Dísz tér (11am-5pm); Hungarian folk music and folk-dance performances at the statue of Magyar hussar András Hadik, found at the intersection on Szentháromság Street and Úri Street (11am-5pm);
andconcerts and dance classes in Szentháromság Square (10:30am-6pm).
Meanwhile in Clark Ádám Square, historic reenactments portray what the life of Hungary’s historic cavalry officers
was like in 1848 (10am-6pm).
On March 15th, Budapest’s beautiful neo-Renaissance
– spanning the Castle District hillside before the Royal Palace – evokes the 1848 Revolution with fashion shows featuring period costumes, hussar performances, and crafts workshops for children, all happening throughout the day between 10am and 6pm.
Workshops at the Museum of Military History
Soldier-molding workshops, war games, dance classes, and
several other stimulating activities complete the permanent military-themed displays at the Museum of Military History
within the Castle District, with varied programs happening here from 10am to 6pm. Furthermore, visitors can browse through a collection of handmade products at the museum’s temporary crafts fair, and devour scrumptious chimney cake specialties.
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Challenges at the Castle District prison
An assortment of challenging activities welcome young and old at this historic building, where Hungarian teacher and journalist Mihály Táncsics was kept incarcerated for his radical political convictions, and from whence the insurgents freed him on March 15th in 1848. Games include target shooting, strategy games, and several escape-themed exercises, all happening between 10am and 6pm.
1014 Budapest, Táncsics Mihály utca 9
Hungarian folk-dance classes at Magyarság Háza
Visitors at Magyarság Háza
can immerse into local customs, including acquiring the basic steps of the Magyars’ stomping folk dance, participating in thematic games, and attending workshops to create Hungary’s flag and emblematic cockade that is proudly pinned to the chest of many Magyars on this day. Children can learn about Hungarian hussar practices, like saber fencing and horseshoe pitching, while during the day the establishment’s in-house exhibition – called “We, Hungarians” and showcasing significant treasures of Hungarian culture through 18 rooms – is open to anyone free of charge. The building welcomes the public from 10am to 6pm.
1014 Budapest, Szentháromság tér 6
The aroma of freshly baked bread wafts in the air across
several streets in the Buda Castle, where the lengthy lanes running along Dísz Square, Szentháromság Square, and Hess András Square turn into a tasteful fairground. Various stalls offer select Hungarian meals, including crispy scones, sweet jams, scrumptious cakes, and intoxicating drinks from 10am to 6pm.